Established December 5, 2009
Brooklyn, EAT your heart out! is an internet-based cooking show hosted, directed, edited, and produced by Kelly Torres (me), and filmed by Jim Chandler (my husband). I have guests appear in each episode and together we cook a gourmet meal in their Brooklyn kitchen. The guest is the “star” of each episode and I am a mere intermediary who helps showcase their talents in the kitchen.
I find that I write a lot better than I speak. And though I really enjoy writing, I also know it is not my primary forte. With that said, I gladly accept any grammatical corrections as I put this written blog into motion.
I am not a chef. I am not a wine connoisseur (though I’m striving to be). For purposes of this blog, I am what you call a food enthusiast. I taught myself how to cook. And like many other things, I also taught myself how to edit videos–which you’ll soon see is the reason my video blogs are, um, let’s just say, a little choppy. In any case, I came up with the idea of hosting a video blog one day as my old roommate and I were chatting in our kitchen over a vodka soda cocktail. Certainly, there was a pot of something stewing, boiling, roasting in the oven or marinating in the fridge as we were chatting. At first, I thought to myself, “This is crazy.” “I don’t even own a video camera!” “Hmm, but I can borrow one.” “Okay, and if I did borrow one, who’s going to be the cameraman?” “Who’s going to edit the footage?” Almost immediately, I became discouraged.But something kept gnawing at my conscious for days on end. I mean, there I was, ungainfullyemployed at the time, lots of time on my hands, and way too much energy for a chick who doesn’t drink a drop of coffee. It’d be a sin not to try something while the timing is right. I kept having visions of this video blog in my head and it flew through the stratosphere. In my sleep, in the shower, when I’m walking. It dawned on me (like everything else I’ve dreamt of and have dared to start but never finished) that I have so many ideas!! I couldn’t tell if the only thing holding me back was the fear of failing or the fear of succeeding, which admittedly is all subjectively contingent on my own self-made metric system. I knew it wouldn’t work on my own or without the necessary tools. So, lo and behold, I shared my vision with my then boyfriend, now fiancé, and we decided to give it a go. We purchased a video camera for three uses: 1) to document our travel excursions, 2) to record his live performances with Twin Guns (his two piece band) and last but not least, 3) to flourish my creative outlet: Brooklyn, EAT your heart out! Being that it was our very first joint purchase, we nicknamed our Canon Vixia HF20, “Junior”. Since then, Junior has witnessed the heavenly creations that have come straight out of my kitchen….and that will certainly come out of your kitchen, should you decide to join me in a future episode of Brooklyn, EAT your heart out!
As I close off this “About BEYHO!” entry and with a last sip of this delicious glass of H2O I currently hold in my hand, I think of the band Dead Moon and the motto “do it yourself” comes to mind.